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Posted March 6, 2001
After reading Kiss and Sell, one can come to the conclusion that money is the real focus of Gene Simmons and not music. This 'revelation' should come as no shock to fans of the genre. For the low brow of the world, it is like finding out that wrestling is fake. Although no one can deny the staying power and longevity of the super group, the truth is that Simmons is more masterful at separating fans from their hard-earned pay than he is as a bass player or songwriter. The fact that KISS manufactures toilet paper with their logo on it should be a clear indication of how they feel towards their fans. (guess what they wipe theirs with) All fans should hit these guys where they'll feel it by refusing to fuel the KISS cash machine until they learn how to play and write songs. If you feel KISS is a fraud, this book will reinforce your beliefs. After all, this is the same band that arrived one day early for a concert and instead of paying for an extra night at a hotel, ordered the road crew to sleep in the trucks parked on the side of a highway. They, of course, stayed in the Penthouse! A pathetic display of greed considering the profits they made on the last two tours. Also, don't be fooled by the 'farewell tour' last year. These guys will continue to say good-bye until the final dollars have been sucked from the wallets of their loyal fan base. Sad!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 20, 1999
It was great to finally get a glimpse of the business and marketing side of Rock and Roll during a very indulgent period. As a Kiss fan, I enjoyed the book alot. As a musician, I enjoyed the book for not solely concentrating on the gossip/tabloid story lines most rock books present. A very FUN read!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.